The Highsnobiety Soundsystem Curator Series invites metropolitan DJs, curators and musicians to guide us through the unmissable sights, sounds, stores, and food spots of their city – each time with an exclusively curated playlist. Subscribe to Highsnobiety Music on Spotify and Apple Music now, and see Tommy Gold and Skinny Macho of Bone Soda, and multi-hyphenate power-duo Bossy LDN, curate the next 6 weeks of the Mantra series at Phonox, Brixton. Check here for ticket info.
Still reeling from the glorious pandemonium of Notting Hill Carnival, defiant young Londoners are keen as ever to demonstrate the rude health of the UK capital’s creative community. Empowered equally by entrepreneurial spirit and undeniably good taste, Izzy Steven and Dhamirah “Dee” Coombes are the literal personification of this; to the point that it’s reflected in their shared moniker. As Bossy LDN, not only do Izzy and Dee cover pretty much the entire sprawling mass of the capital’s various cultural hubs, but also a whole spectrum of creative endeavors. DJs themselves, the pair quickly gained notoriety in the city for their high-energy parties, recently working with both Bree Runway and Meagan Thee Stallion on intimate, one-off events at unexpected local venues.
Beyond the had-to-be-there functions, BossyLDN also lend their curative nous to collaborative brand projects and a regular NTS Radio Show, and often take time to run workshops and community-driven events – all the time maintaining their message of empowerment and reliance without ever having to compromise an irresistible sense of pure fun. Starting this month, Izzy and Dee join Tommy Gold and Skinny Macho as residents of Mantra, a new series by Phonox Brixton, supported by Highsnobiety, which aims to redefine Saturday nights in the city, by platforming the very best emerging DJs and hip hop artists the UK has to offer.
Ahead of joining us for a special Highsnobiety Soundsystem x Mantra show on October 5, we caught up with the pair to see and hear London from their perspective. Check out the interview and exclusive Spotify playlist below.
Who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
Izzy and Dee of Bossy LDN. We are a DJ and creative duo from London.
What makes London different to any other place on Earth?
London is a cosmopolitan and diverse melting pot, enabling creative freedom and opportunities we might not ever see outside of it! London is full of culture you can take inspiration from, just walking down the road. And that’s what gives you the freedom to be whoever you want.
What restaurant do you go to when you’re trying to impress?
NOBU HOTEL, DARLING.
Where do you go for comfort food?
Nando’s (first and foremost) or Uncle Levi’s All Island Grill in Dalston. We also can’t forget our favorite little Vietnamese spot, Hanoi Cafe in Shoreditch.
What spot in the City do you never get tired of visiting?
Dee: The National gallery.
Izzy: The gates at the start of green park which were designed by Princess Diana, there is also a tiny secret flower garden in Kew Gardens were I go with my Dad. It’s super special.
Which store do you go to when you’re looking to spend big?
Chanel, Browns East, Liberty, Selfridges, DSM.
Where in London do you go if you’re looking for some peace and tranquility?
Izzy: This question is actually hard – but most properly to my Nana’s house to be honest. I need to learn how to relax but I find peace in running and mediation.
Dee: For me there’s nothing like spending a night at home, doing a face mask, having a bath, burning Bougie Candles and listening to music.
What’s your most coveted grail (clothing/possession)?
Izzy: My gold chain that my Dad bought me in San Fran, on which I have an original moving Mickey Mouse pendent my Grandad gave to me when I was born. Also a little teddy called Derek
Dee: My Minolta x-300S, my Dad gave this camera to me and it has captured beautiful photos from my childhood, up until now!
Briefly talk us through your playlist – what are some of the tracks that remind you of London, and why?
We curated this playlist keeping in mind the atmosphere and energy we bring to all of our sets/events. We’re always on the look out for new underground sounds and artists worldwide so we wanted to showcase that.
Our overall music taste is pretty eclectic so this playlist varies but we wanted to create a Bossy sound to listen to in the lead up to our Mantra residency!